Posted: May 1, 2013 7:22 PM by Richie Melby - MTN News
Updated: May 1, 2013 7:22 PM
Wrestlers across the world dream of competing at the highest level - making the IOC's decision to remove it from the Olympics crushing to athletes.
Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) is one of many in the fight to get the sport back in the Summer Games.
Bullock said, "I learned discipline, tenacity, to never give up, and those are values that are being instilled in every kid that's in wrestling throughout our state."
Bullock spent time in a singlet while a student at Helena High School, and was disappointed in the International Olympic Committee's decision to remove the sport from the summer games."
He noted"Wrestling has a history through all of the Olympics going back to Greco-Roman in the olden days and it's a real part of the fiber of Montana. When you look at synchronized swimming and all of these, I mean we have Montana wrestlers that have gone to the Olympics and we need to support it."
Bullock - along with 32 other governors - drafted and signed a letter to the President of the IOC. Among the topics in the letter - the governors state that: "At its core, wrestling is an instinct and embodies the human qualities of hard work, discipline, and perseverance."
The letter ends by pleading, "We encourage your prompt reconsideration of your decision regarding wrestling. We hope that wrestling will continue to be an important part of the Olympic tradition."
Bullock said, "We wrote to the head of the Olympic committee, he came back and said that would be taken to the head of the executive committee of the IOC but it's important we keep pushing to keep this sport as part of our Summer Olympics."
He said, "I think when 33 governors come together and say we need to keep this, it demonstrates what we have, I mean from Class AA to C we have young wrestlers, I started in grade school, so we need to keep it there because all young kids aspire to get there."